Optical Engineer (Auburn Hills, MI)

DIVISION: Innovative Technologies
DEPARTMENT: Instrumentation
POSITION: Optical Engineer
Reports To: Scientist – Technology and Product Development

Job Description:
Responsible for optical polishing of x-ray mirror components using optical CNC machinery. Assist in the development of new processes aimed at the advancement of x-ray mirror technology. Performing various surface metrology characterization on polished parts. Development of new metrology processes. Participate in research and development.

Duties include the following:

  • Data reduction and analysis of surface geometry and characterization
  • Performing surface metrology characterization using profilometers and interferometers
  • Development of new polishing processes
  • Development of new metrology processes
  • Operating CNC optical polishing and grinding machines
  • Running analytical software for data processing
  • Optical assembly for manufacturing
  • Maintenance and calibration of all optical machining and metrology equipment
  • Assisting senior technical staff in development of new techniques and processes for advancement of x-ray mirror technology


  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics
  • Strong analytical geometry skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Good knowledge of Excel
  • Good dexterity for handling fragile parts
  • Basic knowledge of surface metrology techniques a plus
  • Basic knowledge of optical CNC machining a plus
  • Basic programming concepts a plus
  • Strong attention to detail and qualityGood communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to learn new equipment and processes quickly

Must be able to meet minimum qualifications to apply.

Rigaku offers a rewarding work environment and excellent benefits. All applicants are kept in strict confidence. Benefits package including Health, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, Life insurance, section 125 flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan and more. Rigaku is an EEO/AA Employer Disabled/Veteran. Applicants must be able to prove they can legally work in the US.

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